Bill Howatt HR Consultant


Bill Howatt, Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity for The Conference Board of Canada, is the former chief research and development officer for workforce productivity, Morneau Shepell, and founder of Howatt HR Consulting. He has over 25 years’ experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership.

Bill is the creator of the online Certificate in Management Essentials (CME) program, a senate-approved leaders program that offers 18 courses through the University of New Brunswick. He is also the creator of Pathway to Coping, an online course at the same university that is grounded in the cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach.

Bill created the Quality of Work Life (QWL) tool that has been converted into the Morneau Shepell Total Health Index, and was the co-creator of The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell’s Employee Recommended Workplace Award. He is also co-creator of The Globe and Mail Your Life at Work Initiative that touched more 14,000 Canadians. He has published numerous books and articles, such as The Coping Crisis, Pathway to Coping, the Wiley Series on addictions, The Human Services Counselling Toolbox, and The Addiction Counsellor’s Desk Reference. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail 9 to 5 and Leadership Lab columns and The Chronicle Herald.

Bill Howatt, is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC.

Dave Veale


Dave Veale, is truly passionate about coaching. He thrives on challenging people to be bold, to take risks and to realize their biggest dreams. This philosophy guided Dave as a competitive hockey player and has served him well throughout his career.

Dave co-founded Profiles Global (Atlantic) Inc. in 2000. Profiles Global is a human resource consulting firm specializing in behavioural assessments in the workplace. Dave was intrigued when his clients repeatedly asked about executive coaching and proceeded to earn his Executive Coaching Certificate (CEC) from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada.

In 2005, Dave founded Vision Coaching Inc., which now boasts a roster of professional executive coaches who share Dave’s vision and passion for coaching leaders one-on-one or in teams.

Tyler Hayden HR Consultant


Tyler Hayden is an international leadership and team consultant, elected government official, and founder of the Message In a Bottle book series. He has over two decades of experience as a speaker and organizational consultant and is the author of more than a dozen books and measures on personal development, leadership, and team building. Tyler is regularly chosen for leadership and team events internationally. And while you may meet Tyler as your keynote speaker solution, you may, like many, engage him in helping to build customized solutions in the areas of leadership development, virtual and on-site team building, personal development, structured mentoring, and staff retention and engagement.

Jesse Adams management consultant, behaviour modification, employee health


Jesse is Howatt HR’s Head of Strategy. As a part of his current role, Jesse continues to use his in-depth knowledge of strategic HR, workplace health and wellness, and predictive modelling to support organizations in implementing evidence-based solutions for tangible impacts on key business metrics.

For the last 10+ years, Jesse has worked in the field of health and performance as the National Lead for Morneau Shepell’s THI Analytics team, contributor to the Q-Life, Olympic athletes, business professionals, and companies striving to achieve a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Jesse is also a contributing author to The Globe and Mail, and white papers with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Morneau Shepell. These have a key focus on understanding mental health and developing a total health strategy among other topics pertaining the health, engagement, and productivity of organizations.

Jesse has also developed an innovative behaviour modification model known as Behavioural EngineeringTM; this model attempts to provide a framework for an individual’s behaviours, motivation, and cognitive processing when engaging in pro-health and anti-health decisions and actions.

Darren Steeves


Darren Steeves is CEO of Vendura Wellness, a company dedicated to increasing the productivity of an organization through enhanced employee wellness. Darren worked 12 years for Dalhousie University and still holds an adjunct professor position with the School of Health and Human Performance. For 20 years,he has been involved in high performance sport consulting with national team athletes including national champions, Olympic medalists and world champions, such as the Canadian Women’s Hockey team, Canadians National Sailing team, Men’s Softball, Canoe Kayak Canada and Olympic medalist and world champion Mark de Jonge.

Darren is a highly skilled, sought after physical health presenter. He has written articles for Canadian Living and Men’s Health magazines, and was a column contributor for the Nova Scotia Wellness Association. He has had regular TV and radio appearances on CBC Maritime Noon, Breakfast Television, and the Life Networks Taking it Off. Under the umbrella of Vendura Wellness, Darren is a contributing author to an innovative behaviour modification model known as Behavioural Engineering,TM which will lead to exciting products for the corporate wellness market in 2015.

Dr Kelly VanBuskirk, Howatt HR Team


Dr. Kelly VanBuskirk is a lawyer with over two decades of experience in the litigation of labour, employment and human rights disputes.

Always searching for better ways to solve workplace disputes, Kelly has studied the subject extensively. His PhD research examined the motivations of employees who sue their employers. In addition, Kelly compared Canadian and U.K. employment law damages principles in his LL.M. research and he has achieved a Chartered Arbitrator designation through his work as an arbitrator in occupational health & safety cases. He has also taught employment law, human rights law and trial practice at two universities.

In his practice, Kelly has represented hundreds of clients, including many employees, companies, unions and commissions. For several years, he was the regular business law columnist on CBC’s former national business report, “The Business Network”, and has been asked to provide commentary on CBC’s nationally broadcasted “The Current” and on CTV, Global TV, in the Globe & Mail and in other media. Always willing to discuss workplace dispute resolution, Kelly has been an invited lecturer for organizations including: the Canadian Industrial Relations Association; the Canadian Bar Association; the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies; the Certified General Accountants’ Association; the Atlantic Customer Contact Centre Association; the High Technology Crime Investigation Association; and the International Personnel Management Association.

Marc Pelletier, MD, MSc, FRCSC


Dr. Marc Pelletier is a cardiac surgeon in the division of cardiac surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He joined this group in April of 2016 after 9 years as head of cardiac surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Centre, which followed a period as assistant professor at Stanford University. Dr. Pelletier trained at McGill University in cardiac surgery and Stanford University in cardiothoracic transplantation and ventricular assist devices. His areas of specialty include TAVI procedures, minimally invasive valve surgery, aortic valve and aortic root surgery, surgery for heart failure and minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery. He has authored over 55 peer reviewed publications, with over 100 abstracts accepted at scientific meetings and over 100 invited and local talks. He is currently chair of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada’s examination board in cardiac surgery.

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